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BBQ Cheddar Turkey Burgers

Posted Oct 07 2010 1:21pm

If you think turkey burgers are plain, boring, and tasteless, I beg to differ.


While I traditionally make my burgers with beef, sometimes it is nice to change it up every once and awhile and have a turkey burger.

Or is it just an excuse to let me put bacon on it?

Of course not ;)

Turkey actually has a lot of flavor as long as you use a mixture of white and dark meat. Ground turkey breast can be a little dry and boring, but if you add a little dark meat into the mix, you have a flavorful, juicy burger. I buy the 93% lean as opposed to the 99% ground turkey breast. That is just my preference, but feel free to use either.

To me, this burger was total comfort food.


  • 6 ounces ground turkey (mix of white and dark meat)
  • Pinch of salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 slice center-cut bacon (I used Applegate Farms )
  • 1 hamburger bun (or bread of choice)
  • 1 ounce of cheddar cheese (I used Kerrygold )
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Lettuce, tomato, onion, ect… (optional)


  1. Preheat a grill to high heat.
  2. Form the ground turkey into a patty. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In a nonstick skillet, cook the bacon flipping every couple of minutes, until crispy and well done, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  4. Place the patty on the grill. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side until thoroughly cooked. Place the cheese on top of the burger during the last minute of cooking to melt.
  5. Toast the bun halves on an upper grill rack for 30 seconds to 1 minute, watching them carefully.
  6. Assemble the burger by layering the patty, bacon, and barbecue sauce. Top with desired condiments if you wish to do so.


Juicy, cheesy, and delicious. Perfection.

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